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British Airways seeks female pilots

LONDON, Nov 21- British Airways’ cadet training programme is in its third successful year and with just a week to go until applications close, the airline is appealing for more female applicants.

The airline’s ‘Future Pilot Programme’, an 18-month pilot training course, has proved popular and has attracted around 5,000 applicants for less than one hundred places in its first two years.

The programme helps applicants to gain a place at an approved flight training school, with successful candidates landing a job as a British Airways pilot.

The top flight cadets will start their training, at one of three British Airways approved flight training schools in Oxford, Southampton and Jerez in Spain.

During their training, students complete their ground theory training, cockpit instrument rating and flight training, flying light aircraft in Spain, New Zealand or Arizona in the US.

The final two months of the programme is completed on British Airways’ multimillion pound simulators at the airline’s flight training centre near Heathrow, where the cadets will learn to achieve and maintain British Airways’ high standards.

British Airways’ director of flight operations, Captain Stephen Riley said, “This is an exciting period for our Future Pilot Programme initiative. We are taking applications for the third year running and I’m proud to say our first ever cadets are also in the final stages of their course.”

“Even though we have more female pilots than any other UK carrier, the number doesn’t nearly represent the general population, and I actively encourage any women considering a career in flying to apply.“

Competition is stiff, but for those who are successful, they will ultimately join our team of over 3,600 pilots in a rewarding and exhilarating career.

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